Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 9, 2017: White Ibis foiled by a turtle

I look for patterns of behavior in my nature walks.   Today, I saw a white Ibis with a piece of trash in its beak.  This seemed unusual to me so I watch and took photos for about 20 min.  Got home and discovered that the Ibis had caught a small turtle (Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox.  The ibis was unsuccessful penetrating the shell and after quite some time.  Gave up.  Here is the pictorial story.

Nictitating membrane covering the eye

NIctitating membrane covering the eye

Dropping the turtle

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